The Evolution of Professional Development to Professional Learning
This report sheds a crucial light on deficiencies of traditional professional development (PD) for K-12 teachers, the evolving $18 billion U.S. market, and the changing approach to effective PD requirements. It examines a range of research on professional learning to identify what we actually know what works and what doesn't, how to redefine our goals and capacities, and the way forward to more effective instruction that improves student achievement.
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Professional development is a topic of ongoing interest to education companies—in part to explore possible market opportunities, but also to better understand the current needs and key issues of interest to their customers. Educators are facing increased pressure to improve teaching practices, to implement individualized instructional approaches, and to increase student learning and achievement outcomes. Effective professional development is essential in order to address these complex goals.The report focuses on the shape and size of the PD market ($18 million), relevant research about teacher satisfaction, the effectivness of the current state of professional development offerings, evolving PD models and areas of opportunities for external vendors including online platforms, micro-credentials, and technology-assisted personalized learning for both students and teachers.
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